For October 2019
The second play has now been confirmed as “Fumed Oak” by Noël Coward – more details will follow here soon!
A comedy by Anton Chekhov – see details
- This will be accompanied in October by another one-act play which will be announced shortly.
- Tuesday 11th June – 8pm
- Wednesday 12th June – 8pm
(These dates are now ONLY for The Bear.
Auditions for the other play will be announced again in due course.)
- Scripts will be provided but can be emailed on request.
- The Bear co-directors: Hazelle Woodhurst & Simon Perkins
- Contact us if you can’t make either date!
- Non-CDS members are welcome to audition!
- Please feel free to circulate this further!
- First show is on Tuesday 29th or Wednesday 30th October (TBC)
- The last show will be on Friday 1st November 2019
- As usual this is half term week, but there will be no Saturday Show because of clashes with Fireworks and Halloween Parties, and the Veteran Car Run that weekend!
- Popova – Romantic, sentimental, a young widow, in mourning for her late husband.
- 20’s to late 30’s/ early 40’s
- Smirnov – Brutish, (Bear-like) landowner, who has come to collect on a debt.
- Late 30’s – late 40’s/early 50’s
- Luka – Manservant to Popova. Gentle but with excellent comic timing.
- Late 50’s –60’s/early 70’s
The Bear: An Overview
The Bear (or sometimes The Boor) is one of Anton Chekhov’s lesser-known plays, but it is is an excellent representative of a “Farce in One-Act”.
Fast-paced and with biting dialogue, its comedy involves exaggerated emotions that quickly turn into their opposites. Popova fancies herself inconsolably bereaved, while Smirnov considers himself a man’s man. But could it be that they start to develop feelings for each other?
A Synopsis of “The Bear”
The action begins at Yelena Ivanovna Popova’s house, as she is seen looking at a photograph of her late husband. Her manservant, Luka, tries to comfort her and encourage her to finally leave the house, a year after her husband’s death. Popova stubbornly refuses, citing the pretext that she must remain forever faithful to her husband—as he had never been to her.
A bell rings and Gregory Stepanovich Smirnov enters the scene, claiming that he has come on urgent business and asks Popova to return the money owed to him by her late husband. As she does not have money at the house and is not in the “mood” to deal with financial matters, she tells him to return the day after tomorrow.
Angered by her casual response, Smirnov refuses to leave until she repays the debt. They engage in a series of passionate arguments: Smirnov accuses women of dishonesty and of making false claims to equality, while Popova makes the argument personal, by calling Smirnov a “bear” for his boorish manners. Smirnov exclaims that if Popova, as a feminist, really wants equality, he will give it to her—in the form of a duel! He soon realises though much to his frustration, that he is beginning to have feelings for this fiery creature…
Written, published, and performed in 1888, Chekhov’s play reflects on and pokes fun at liberal discourses in mid- to late-nineteenth-century Russia. With its fast-paced, biting dialogue, comedy and exaggerated emotions that quickly turn into their opposites, this three-character drama is both gripping and funny!
The Monkey’s Paw
- We had hoped to present The Monkey’s Paw, a classic supernatural suspense story but after a change of proposed director this has been shelved.
- Another short play and audition dates for it will be announced shortly.
About CDS Auditions
CDS is always keen to involve new people both on and off stage.
We are keen to mix up and borrow (or loan!) people with other groups (in our experience this happens anyway) as this enhances productions and skills. So if you are an established or aspiring actor, or director and want to work with us please get in touch or come meet us at a club night.
All CDS production auditions are open to all (time permitting!), with the director’s choice of casting based on factors including (in no particular order) talent, suitability for the role, suitability alongside other actors, use of new faces, experience and availability.
While we actively avoid using the same old faces from a small clique of insiders, there are lots of opportunities, but we also expect members to get and stay involved in supporting roles both off and on stage.
- Our annual Feb Frols show has a format and tradition which actively encourages people to try out or develop their directing and acting with support from more experienced members.
- Sign up for our mailing list and select the Acting interest and we will email you the latest announcements about new play, auditions and other relevant activities!
For Other Local Auditions
We also list some other nearby auditions here
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